John Phillip Bumpers, 89, of Conway, died at home on Tuesday, April 8, 2014.
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He was born on Nov. 22, 1924, in Charleston, Ark., to the late Harold H. and Carrie Bumpers.
Phil was a 1947 graduate of Hendrix College. He was married to Martha "Polly" Parrott Bumpers for 70 years. Phil served in the United States Army during World War II as a lieutenant. After the war, he returned to Conway and served as Commander of Company G for the Arkansas National Guard. Phil served as Hendrix College Treasurer from 1947 to 1971. He and Wilburn Smith owned and operated Bumpers and Smith Clothing Store from 1971 to 1981. Phil was a lifelong active member of First United Methodist Church in Conway.
He is also preceded in death by one son, John Thomas Bumpers; and one grandson, William Lee Rogers.
Phil is survived by his loving wife, Polly Bumpers; children, Dianne Bumpers Rogers and husband Bill of Jonesboro, Ark., and Joe Bumpers and wife Jackie; and daughter-in-law, Martha Bumpers of Conway; grandchildren, Laura Rogers Simpson and husband Steve, Phillip Bryce Rogers, Polly Rogers McMellon and husband Jeremy, Anne Bumpers Newman and husband Scott, Clay Bumpers and wife Kisha, Phillip Bumpers and wife Adrienne, Ryan Bumpers, Zachary Bumpers, Catherine Bumpers, and Elizabeth Bumpers; great-grandchildren, Emily Simpson, Lacey Simpson, Lilly Rogers, Anna Rogers, Sophie Rogers, Will McMellon, Clay McMellon, Jack McMellon, Drew McMellon, Abby Newman, William Newman, and Kayla Bumpers; one sister, Carolyn Bumpers Dow and husband Bob; and a host of other family and friends.
The family gratefully acknowledges all of Phil's doctors, nurses, and caregivers for the excellent care he received.
A memorial service will be held in his honor at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 11, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church in Conway, with the Rev. Michael Roberts officiating.
Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Roller-McNutt Funeral Home in Conway.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church or a
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Little Rock, AR 72211
Published in The Log Cabin Democrat from Apr. 9 to Apr. 16, 2014